Lindsey Graham - a donkey dressed up as an elephant
July 3rd 2010 13:19
At a time when many conservative Republican candidates are seeking the support and/or endorsement of the Tea Party movement, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is predicting the movement will "die out." He said in an interview with the New York Times magazine,
"The problem with the Tea Party, I think it's just unsustainable because they can never come up with a coherent vision for governing the country. It will die out. We don't have a lot of Reagan-type leaders in our party. Remember Ronald Reagan Democrats? I want a Republican that can attract Democrats."
Graham added an additional comment that is almost unbelievable, except that he actually said it,
"Ronald Reagan would have a hard time getting elected as a Republican today."
The Tea Party died out long ago for Graham and other RINOs like him because it is not in tune with his out of tune politics. While it is unknown as to whether or not Reagan would be elected today, it is known that it is becomingly increasingly difficult for a Lindsey Graham to be elected.
If a Republican can attract Democrats in large numbers, then that Republican is riding too close to the left to attract conservative Republicans. Would Graham rather have candidates who can attract liberal/moderate Democrats or candidates who can attract conservative Republicans/independents? As it so happens, Graham has already answered the question.
While it is true that the Tea Party has many conservative Democrats who are in agreement with its ideals, attend its rallies and support its causes – those are not the Democrats Graham was referring to. As with other RINOs, the Tea Party movement needs to hold the feet of Graham to the fire and make him accountable for his positions. He has called the controversial Arizona immigration law “unconstitutional”, hinted that he will vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court and chastised Republicans for labeling Thurgood Marshall a "judicial activist".
Graham also told the New York Times,
"Everything I'm doing now in terms of talking about climate, talking about immigration, talking about Gitmo is completely opposite of where the Tea Party movement's at."Graham is sounding more and more like Arlen Specter and Charlie Crist – two men who are dying out. Could Graham be next?
Like many of his liberal counterparts, Graham just does not get it, saying that Republicans who will likely be elected in this year's midterm elections will be
"more like me, not less like me"– with the exception of at least one Tea Party-backed candidate, Sharron Angle from Nevada.
The Tea Party is not dying out as Graham would have us believe; rather it is a threat to his political future and irrelevant to his principles and policies. While the issues Graham brought up may be vitally important to him, talking about the climate or closing Gitmo are not the driving issues of the Tea Party. Fortunately for Graham, he is not up for re-election this year because the donkey within the elephants clothing would surely be exposed.
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